The circuit breaker that controls our upstairs AC unit kept tripping this summer. It’s not a great feeling to come home and your bedroom is 90 degrees! After the 5th time of it tripping over a month’s time period, Stephen decided to get it replaced.
He got a couple of electrician quotes, which were in the range of 2-3 hundred dollars. Stephen decided to “research” (ahem, YouTube) some how-to videos to see how hard it would be to do it himself. And… for a total of $22… he did it!
**I CAN’T STRESS THIS ENOUGH! If you decide to do this, please, please do your research! I’m going to share the basics of what we did, but there are more details that you’d need to know for your specific home.
The first, and MOST important step is to turn off the power to your ENTIRE home. Don’t try to just to the part of your home where the electrical panel is. Do it all!
Second: invest in an AC voltage detector! This cost us $10 at Lowes. It’s a pen-shaped device that you can use to touch wires to see if there is any power going through them. If the light turns colors and beeps, the power is on. If it doesn’t, the power is off.
First tip: put some masking tape over the problematic breaker. Once you remove the metal panel, the labels will go away, so this will help you remember the exact breaker.
This worked out great for us, and saved us hundreds of dollars! Just be diligent if you decide to do this on your own and do your research!